Associate University Librarian for Technology
University at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY

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The Associate University Librarian for Technology is the senior information architect for the University Libraries responsible for developing the strategic vision and plan for the Libraries' information technology infrastructure and the staff that support it.

Working in a team environment, the AUL for Technology works collaboratively with the Vice Provost for University Libraries, the Associate University Librarian for Administration, the Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery, and the Associate University Librarian for Research, Education, and Outreach to implement the priorities of the Libraries' strategic plan, UL 2020.

The AUL for Technology:

- Maintains accountability for the overall direction, design, acquisition, installation, and secure operation of all technology used by the University Libraries;
- Directs the design, development, coordination, and assessment of the University Libraries' platforms supporting digital scholarship, including Digital Collections, the UB Institutional Repository and the Libraries' website;
- Oversees the procurement of integrated library systems and software as well as network, server, desktop, and peripheral hardware; plans infrastructure enhancements and improvements;
- Facilitates the definition, planning, implementation and support of the next generation of digital initiatives and technological advances for the University Libraries;
- Ensures a reliable physical and virtual information services environment by providing IT deliverables and support tools that are innovative, accessible, stable, and secure;
- Implements long-term strategies for the preservation of digital content;
- Oversees activities involved in the long-term preservation, item specific conservation, and reformatting of general collection materials located in all areas of the University Libraries;
- Oversees activities involved in the on-site conservation of rare and unique materials housed in all special collections areas of the University Libraries;

- Coaches, mentors, and motivates team managers to create an IT culture of innovation, collaboration, communication, engagement, and accountability within the Libraries;
- Identifies and sets project priorities, goals, and objectives, assigning work to teams as appropriate, in order to develop, implement, and maintain high quality technology solutions in a timely and effective manner;
- Fosters professional development of staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment;

- Plans and oversees the Libraries' IT budget and expenditures;
- Works collaboratively with the Vice Provost for University Libraries, the Associate University Librarian for Administration, the Associate University Librarian for Discovery and Delivery, and the Associate University Librarian for Research, Education, and Outreach to develop, evaluate, and disseminate Library policies;
- Participates in the Libraries' program of fundraising and development;
- Represents the Libraries' technical interests and collaborates on matters relating to library information systems, Web development, digitization projects, public computing, desktop computing and networked information delivery with UBIT, distributed campus support nodes and with regional, national and global research partners/libraries when appropriate;
- Represents, promotes, and helps to establish a leadership role for the University Libraries by strategically engaging in campus-wide initiatives, consortial partnerships, and academic and professional organizations;
- Seeks opportunities to cultivate productive working relationships, collaborations, and partnerships with the University at Buffalo IT community and with regional, state, national and international entities.

Position Category:
Administrative Staff

Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor's degree;
- Minimum of seven years of information technology experience in an academic or research library or IT organization; experience must demonstrate increased responsibilities over time;
- Minimum of five years of managerial experience, with a proven record of successfully leading and managing a diverse staff of IT professionals;

- Awareness of new and emerging trends in electronic resources and library technologies with the ability to integrate leading edge technology into the library;
- Technical knowledge of computers, networks, system design and implementation, security, anti-virus, firewalls, backup procedures, and disaster recovery methods;
- Knowledge of and experience with project management principles and tools and the ability to manage large-scale projects with overlapping deadlines;
- Knowledge of current practices and trends in the use and integration of emerging technologies to deliver information resources, services, and instruction in an academic research environment;
- Experience with website, intranet, and digital asset repository design and/or management;
- Experience supporting applications running in Unix/Linux and/or Microsoft Windows environments;
- Programming and/or database administration experience;
- Ability to conceptualize the nature of technical problems and determine solutions that are cost-effective and innovative;

- Ability to lead effective teams, foster strategic innovation, inspire and empower staff, and build trust among internal constituents;
- Ability to work with diverse groups to build consensus for new and innovative programs and services;
- Ability to create a working environment where internal and external customer service needs and expectations are met or exceeded;
- Evidence of the capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment and respond effectively to changing needs and priorities;

- Experience with personnel and financial management, success in grant writing and seeking new sources of external funding;
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, listening, and writing skills for communicating complex issues and perspectives to a wide range of constituencies;
- Ability to create and cultivate productive relationships and collaborations with the University at Buffalo IT community as well as with external partners;
- A strong record of professional service, including presentations and service on campus wide, regional and/or national ­level organizations.

Preferred Qualifications
- MLS/MLIS/MS from an ALA-accredited library school;
- Experience with integrated library systems in an academic environment;
- Experience in the area of library material conservation, familiarity with the standards and procedures for the preservation of print materials and the use of digital technology to preserve non-print material;
- Familiarity with social media architecture and outreach and the issues surrounding its use;
- Experience in digitization or digital library development;
- Experience with the creation and capture of a wide variety of digital formats;
- Familiarity with best practices in library technology and emerging issues in larger digital collections community;
- Understanding of scholarly use of library collections and services, an awareness of trends in higher education and library services;
- Broad knowledge of the social, political, and economic issues surrounding the use of technology;
- Experience in evaluation and assessment methods, particularly as applied to areas of responsibilities for this position, and analysis of user input and feedback.

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